A taxi driver has shelled out £1,000 of his own money to provide a defibrillator in his car to help save lives.
Richard Le Blond, 73, of Ruddington, has been a taxi driver since 1976 and currently works for Southside Cars, a Clifton-based taxi firm, who claim they are the first taxi company in Nottingham to have a defibrillator in their fleet.
His selfless act came about as he takes a lot of elderly people to and from hospital in his taxi when he realised there were not many options for emergency care if someone was to fall ill.
Mr Le Blond added: "I was working and taking some people down to Queen's Medical Centre when I realised there aren't many defibrillators around that I know about and I've never known of one in a taxi before.
"The majority of people I take are elderly so I thought it would be an ideal place to have one.
"I bought one for just over £1,000 and Brent (Southside Cars general manager) said it was a great idea.
"It's into its second week of use now, I've had it since August 13 in the car. It wouldn't just be for me to have, I would leave it in the office if I was away.
"I am fully trained in using it safely through St John Ambulance first aid and CPR training, it's quite self-explanatory.
"I hope I never have to use it but it's nice to know it's there."
Brent Foster, general manager of Southside Cars said the potential to fundraise to provide more defibrillators in taxis is something the company would look at in the future.
He said: "We are the first and only company in Nottingham to have a driver with a defibrillator in a taxi.
"He is fully trained to use it. There is quite a lot of elderly people in the community in Clifton and people with heart conditions so I think it's great we are providing it and took it upon ourselves to raise awareness.
"The only defibrillator I am aware of in Clifton is the one at the Co-op near the bottom of Farnborough Road.
"We decided as a company to go with Richard's suggestion and backed the idea. It's important to have.
"We have 50 to 60 drivers so it could provide the opportunity to start fundraising to provide more of them.
"Unfortunately ambulances can take time in some situations. There can be a lot of situations where people are waiting to be taken to hospital for 30 or 40 minutes so it may save lives.
"A charity in Lancashire, Heart Failure Aware, have reached out to us to say how important the decision is for potentially saving lives."